Academic journal article Anarchist Studies

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Academic journal article Anarchist Studies

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In 2014, the government of Brazil blew roughly 11.63 billion on the FIFA World Cup. Mass protests against this fiasco, before and during the event, were met with harsh police repression, in the course of which Mikhail Bakunin became a 'subject of interest'. Brazilian anarchists were delighted and news of his riotous reappear- ance spread quickly. An anonymous article posted on the http://revolution-news. com website communicates the gist of the Brazilians' response:

Nineteenth Century Anarchist Bakunin, Investigated by Brazil's Police As 'Suspect'

Brazil's police state has played a joke on itself: Mikhail Bakunin, an anar- chist born in Russia 200 years ago, is being investigated by the Rio de Janeiro police under the suspicion that he is participating in protests against the World Cup and social injustice. Police suspect Bakunin of participating in 'vandalism acts' during protests. Bakunin, considered among the founders of anarchism (which is a theory of organising the society without the state and without capi- talism; horizontally, without hierarchies, without the bourgeois class, oppression, exploitation, wage slavery and private property), has been listed as 'a potential suspect' because a thirty-four year old professor, who is enduring state repres- sion, mentioned him in a phone conversation. Police tapped her phone to spy on her activities, and when they heard her mentioning the name they included it in a 2000 page report against social activists. In the past, cops investigated Marx too; oddly enough Marx and Bakunin are known due to their divergent posi- tions regarding the state's disappearance. …

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